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  09/23/20 - Trevor LawrenceJr/2022, Clemson, 6-6, 220 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  The star quarterback and Heisman favorite completed 8 of 9 passes for 168 yards and three touchdowns against The Citadel. He also rushed for a touchdown. Lawrence's only incomplete pass was a drop by Amari Rodgers, and through two games he has thrown one inaccurate pass all year. Other incompletions were due to a receiver slipping, drops, etc. For the season Lawrence is 30 of 37 passing for 519 yards, with four touchdowns and no interceptions. He also has three rushing scores. "He's really playing exactly the way he's practicing. What you're seeing on game day is exactly what we see in practice, just incredible focus," Swinney said. "Complete ownership of what we're doing. Great poise, discipline. Great feel for the defensive structures and protections and just really throwing the ball with a lot of confidence. He's special. He's a joy to watch." - The State

(DS#1 QB) Jr/2022 QB Trevor LawrenceClemson
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  09/23/20 - Travis EtienneSr/2021, Clemson, 5-10, 210 (DS#1 RB) + More +

  The Tigers' star running back was given one opportunity to return a punt against The Citadel and he made the most of it, going 44 yards to set up a Clemson touchdown. Etienne is as dangerous as anyone in college football with the ball in his hands, and he showed why during his punt return, juking and dodging would-be tacklers. Etienne could be a nightmare for opposing special teams coaches to defend against, and he could also help his draft stock by showing off his versatility. It's "something he's been working on really all fall camp and kind of earning my trust a little bit. I wanted to get him a live rep. It's just another opportunity for him to touch it," Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. "He did a great job. That's a good option for us moving forward to know he can not only be a kick returner guy but a punt return guy as well if we need him. That puts a lot of pressure on people." - The State

(DS#1 RB) Sr/2021 RB Travis EtienneClemson
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  09/23/20 - DJ UiagaleleiFr/2024, Clemson, 6-4, 245 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  The Tigers have gone to a jumbo package near the goal line to mix things up in recent years, but Clemson could call upon Uiagalelei - a quarterback - for a different look in 2020. Handing the ball to Etienne or letting Trevor Lawrence throw or run are great options at the goal line, but Uiagalelei's size makes him unique. The 250-pound freshman QB rushed for a pair of touchdowns on Saturday, and Swinney hinted that we could see Uiagalelei called upon near the goal line during closer games in the future. "I'd say anything is possible," Swinney said. "He's 250 pounds. He's a big, strong man. But anything is possible, that's for sure." - The State

(DS#2 QB) Fr/2024 QB DJ UiagaleleiClemson
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  09/23/20 - Derion KendrickJr/2022, Clemson, 6-0, 190 (DS#5 CB) + More +

  Derion Kendrick is Clemson's top cornerback from a talent standpoint, but the junior hasn't been on the field much through the first two weeks of the season. Kendrick, who was a preseason All-ACC selection, did not play in Week 1 against Wake Forest for an undisclosed reason, and he didn't start on Saturday against The Citadel for discipline, Dabo Swinney confirmed after the game. Kendrick did resume his spot at cornerback on the second play of the game against The Citadel, but he was put back on the sideline late in the first half after getting a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty during the Tigers 49-0 victory.

TV cameras captured Tigers defensive coordinator Brent Venables giving Kendrick an earful after the penalty, and Swinney said afterward it was a mistake that shouldn't have been made. "Just can't happen," Swinney said. While Kendrick is Clemson's most talented cornerback, the Tigers are deep at the position. Cornerbacks coach Mike Reed has plenty of options, making it easy to call upon another guy if one player isn't doing what he is supposed to. On Saturday the Tigers started sophomores Andrew Booth and Sheridan Jones., with Kendrick coming off the bench. "He just didn't start the game," Swinney said of Kendrick. "Mike's got a lot of competition in his room, too. - The State


(DS#5 CB) Jr/2022 CB Derion KendrickClemson
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  09/23/20 - Ruke OrhorhoroSo/2023, Clemson, 6-3, 285 (DS#999 DT) + More +

  Clemson defensive tackle Ruke Orhorhoro will be out for the next few months after being injured in the season opener against Wake Forest. Swinney said Orhorhoro suffered a meniscus injury against the Demon Deacons and will not be back until December. The sophomore was listed as the backup to Tyler Davis entering the season. He was credited with a quarterback pressure against Wake Forest. "Once they got in there they had to repair it, so he's going to be out a little longer than we hoped," Swinney said of Orhorhoro. "We think he'll be back in December....We play Virginia Tech, and if we're fortunate enough to get to the (ACC) championship game we hope to have him back and ready by then and any postseason type play." Orhorhoro played in 10 games last season, recording five tackles, including 1.5 for loss. He signed with Clemson as a three-star prospect for the class of 2019. - The State

(DS#999 DT) So/2023 DT Ruke OrhorhoroClemson
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  09/19/20 - Trevor LawrenceJr/2022, Clemson, 6-6, 220 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  Trevor Lawrence threw nine passes Saturday. Three of them went for touchdowns. It was that kind of day for No. 1 Clemson. Lawrence and star running back Travis Etienne got plenty of rest as the top-ranked Tigers rolled to a 49-0 victory over The Citadel. Lawrence was 8 for 9 for 168 yards, including first-half scoring passes of 54 and 17 yards to Frank Ladson Jr. and 44 yards to Amari Rodgers. "Might have been my most efficient day since I've been here," he said. "That was just fun." Lawrence also rushed for his third TD already this season, leading the way as the Tigers (2-0) improved to 35-0 against teams from the Football Championship Subdivision.

Clemson came out fast, stayed sharp and played just about everybody available in the runaway victory. "Good to see that maturity and leadership, no matter who we play," coach Dabo Swinney said. Lawrence missed his first throw - Rodgers dropped a ball that hit his hands - before hitting his last eight. The Heisman Trophy favorite was largely done when Clemson went up 28-0 in the first quarter. He returned for one second-quarter series and quickly added points with a perfectly thrown pass down the left side to Ladson. "It was good for us to take care of business early and build depth," Lawrence said. - Clemson/AP College Football


(DS#1 QB) Jr/2022 QB Trevor LawrenceClemson
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  09/16/20 - DJ UiagaleleiFr/2024, Clemson, 6-4, 245 (DS#2 QB) + More +

  As the top-ranked pro-style quarterback for the class of 2020, five-star prospect D.J. Uiagalelei had plenty of options in regards to where he would play college football. They included most of the top programs in the country, such as Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State and Clemson. The California native could have gone to a place where he would have had a good shot of earning the starting QB job as a true freshman. Instead, Uiagalelei did the opposite, going to a place where he knew he would have to wait his turn, barring an injury. But Uiagalelei views the chance to play behind Trevor Lawrence as a blessing and not a hindrance.

The 6-foot-4, 250 pounder is learning everything he can from Lawrence in their one season together, before Lawrence leaves for the NFL. "For me, if there was a quarterback like Trevor, coming here and being able to learn from him, that's a bigger accomplishment than going into a place and starting Day 1," Uiagalelei said. "I'm right behind the best quarterback in the country and the best player. For me, I get to pick his brain and see how he does it and just learn from him." Uiagalelei compares his situation now to the one Aaron Rodgers was in when the Packers quarterback was playing behind Brett Favre early in his NFL career. - The State


(DS#2 QB) Fr/2024 QB DJ UiagaleleiClemson
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  09/16/20 - Myles MurphyFr/2024, Clemson, 6-4, 265 (DS#3 DE) + More +

  For the past four years, Joe Gerda watched Myles Murphy dominate on the high school level. Gerda was Murphy's defensive line coach at Hillgrove High School in Georgia and watched the soft-spoken defensive end become the school's latest superstar. Hillgrove produced current NFL players Bradley Chubb (Cleveland Browns), Evan Engram (New York Giants) and Kenyan Drake (Arizona Cardinals). But Gerda wasn't sure what to expect when he turned on the TV Saturday to watch Murphy in his Clemson debut against Wake Forest. The 6-foot-5, 275-pound Murphy was that same dominant player Gerda watched so many times, leading the Tigers with seven tackles (three for loss) and two sacks in the 37-13 victory. "I was very surprised to see the stat line," Gerda said. "His ability to get rid of blocks so quickly at the college level was a surprise to me. He was always able to do that at the high school level. He was a man among boys. But to do it against Wake Forest and grown men is pretty impressive." Murphy, who talked with reporters this week for the first time since arriving at Clemson in January, admitted he had first-game jitters, but they went away after the first few plays. He played 29 snaps, fourth most along the Tigers' defensive line Saturday. "The first drive I was nervous. After you make first contact on the field, it gets out of your body," Murphy said. "The rest of the game felt like high school ball and doing what I do on the field." - The State

(DS#3 DE) Fr/2024 DE Myles MurphyClemson
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  09/16/20 - Tyler DavisSo/2023, Clemson, 6-2, 295 (DS#5 DT) + More +

  Dabo Swinney provided an update on several Clemson defenders who either missed Saturday's game against Wake Forest or were injured during it during his weekly press conference on Tuesday. Defensive tackles Tyler Davis and Ruke Orhorhoro were banged up in Clemson's 37-13 victory and received MRIs over the weekend. Davis, an all-ACC selection, suffered a sprained MCL against Wake Forest and Tigers coach Dabo Swinney is hopeful Clemson will "get him back here sooner than later." Davis will miss Saturday's game against The Citadel but Swinney said he could be back by early October. He added that Davis has a similar injury to the one that kept running back Lyn-J Dixon out this past weekend against Wake Forest. "He's just got a little sprain on his MCL. Very similar to Lyn-J. Hopefully not as bad as Lyn-J's," Swinney said. "It sets up good for him. Obviously he's out this week, but we've got an open date coming up. We'll hope for Virginia and see what happens." - The State

(DS#5 DT) So/2023 DT Tyler DavisClemson
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  09/15/20 - Braden GallowayrSo/2023, Clemson, 6-4, 240 (DS#5 TE) + More +

  While Clemson's receivers didn't have their best night, the tight ends came to play. Braden Galloway had five catches for 60 yards, Davis Allen caught one pass for 42 yards and J.C. Chalk caught a 12-yard touchdown, the first of his career. The lack of a pass-catcher at tight end has been noticeable in Clemson's offense the past couple of years. Before Saturday, the Tigers had not had a tight end catch a touchdown since 2018. With linebackers forced to focus on Travis Etienne and Clemson's running game, Tigers tight ends should have plenty of opportunities throughout the season. - The State

(DS#5 TE) rSo/2023 TE Braden GallowayClemson
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  09/14/20 - Trevor LawrenceJr/2022, Clemson, 6-6, 220 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  SEPT 14 ACC QUARTERBACK OF THE WEEK: Trevor Lawrence, Clemson, Jr., QB, Cartersville, Ga.,...Completed 22-of-28 passes for 351 yards and a touchdown and also added two rushing touchdowns in the top-ranked Tigers' 37-13 season-opening win at Wake Forest...Posted the first game of 350-plus passing yards and multiple rushing touchdowns by a Clemson player since Tajh Boyd against NC State in 2012. - Atlantic Coast Conference Football

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  09/13/20 - Bryan BreseeFr/2024, Clemson, 6-4, 290 (DS#1 DT) + More +

  Bryan Bresee and Myles Murphy were key parts of Clemson's highly touted 2020 recruiting class. They showed why Saturday. The two freshmen and future cornerstones of the Tigers' defense shined in their first college games as Clemson defeated Wake Forest 37-13. Bresee, a defensive tackle who was ranked as the nation's top recruit, showed both the nerves of a freshman and his playmaking ability in Clemson's first series. He jumped offsides on the third play but had a half-sack of Wake Forest quarterback Sam Hartman two plays later. Bresee also blocked a kick and finished with two tackles, one for loss. "Like a big puppy dog, Labrador letting him outside for the first time and bring him home for the first time and he is wetting himself all over the place," Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables said. "Offside on the first series. Classic. But he has done well. Older guys, they are excited about him. Bryan did the same things tonight since he has gotten here last spring." - The State

(DS#1 DT) Fr/2024 DT Bryan BreseeClemson
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  09/13/20 - Myles MurphyFr/2024, Clemson, 6-4, 265 (DS#3 DE) + More +

  Murphy, a defensive end the No. 7 prospect in the country, led the team with seven tackles - three of those for loss - and two sacks. He was the first Clemson true freshman to record multiple sacks in a game since Dexter Lawrence against Virginia Tech in the 2016 ACC Championship. "Bresee and Myles Murphy showed up pretty quick and I expected that," Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. There have been high expectations for Bresee and Murphy since they arrived on campus in January. The two were part of the 2020 Tigers' recruiting class ranked No. 3 by 247Sports Composite and one that Swinney called a "special group" on early signing day back in December. - The State

(DS#3 DE) Fr/2024 DE Myles MurphyClemson
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  09/13/20 - Travis EtienneSr/2021, Clemson, 5-10, 210 (DS#1 RB) + More +

  Trevor Lawrence and top-ranked Clemson racked up another dominating win against Wake Forest. Lawrence threw for 351 yards and combined for three touchdowns, and No. 1 Clemson continued its dominance over Wake Forest with a 37-13 victory night in the season opener for both teams. Trevor Etienne ran for 102 yards and a touchdown for Clemson, which improved to 70-5 since the start of the 2015 season under coach Dabo Swinney. Clemson has now outscored Wake Forest 152-19 over the last three seasons, holding the Demon Deacons to just one touchdown. The Tigers have won 12 straight against Wake Forest. - AP College Football

(DS#1 RB) Sr/2021 RB Travis EtienneClemson
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  09/13/20 - Trevor LawrenceJr/2022, Clemson, 6-6, 220 (DS#1 QB) + More +

  SEPT 12 WEEK 2 STARS: Trevor Lawrence, Clemson, threw for 351 yards and combined for three touchdowns, and the No. 1 Tigers continued their domination of Wake Forest with a 37-13 victory. - AP College Football

(DS#1 QB) Jr/2022 QB Trevor LawrenceClemson
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